How does Alimony work in Florida?

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How does Alimony work in Florida?

When spouses decide to get a divorce in Florida, the court will order one ex-spouse to pay the other alimony. Alimony or spousal support, as it is sometimes called, is typically money paid by one spouse to the other and it is meant for supporting and providing the other spouse for a period of time. The court will fashion the alimony award so that the spouse will receive the alimony so that they can enjoy the standard of living that he or she was accustomed during the marriage. So that he or she will be able to go back to the school and complete the job training program, or he or she can provide their needs until he or she can get back on his or her feet following the divorce.

The court is having a great deal of discretion in awarding the alimony to the ex-spouse. Whereas the support orders for the child is also calculated as per the statutorily defined formula, and specific needs. The court will also consider various number of factors in determining whether the alimony should be awarded or not. An ex-spouse who understand the purposes of the alimony and the factors which the court will consider when awarding the alimony can anticipate whether the court will favor him in his or her case.

What are the types of appropriate alimony?

Once it is being determined that the alimony award is appropriate then the court will determine what sort of alimony should be awarded and under which circumstances. Florida law allows the court to award five different types of alimony:

Temporary alimony

Temporary alimony is awarded to one spouse during the dependency of the divorce. Typically, one ex-spouse will request the court to enter a temporary alimony award at the time he or she is filing the divorce.

Rehabilitative alimony

Where one ex-spouse is having the potential to resume his career or begin profession for him or herself., she or he can request for rehabilitative alimony.

Bridge-the-gap alimony

When one ex-spouse needs temporary support after the divorce is finalized to get on his or her feet, then court may award the bridge-the-gap alimony.

Durational alimony

When the bridge-the-gap award alimony is not providing enough support than the durational alimony will help in providing temporary support for a longer period of time, this also depend on the length of the marriage. If Louise is seeking a durational alimony then she could potentially ask for durational alimony for 10 years.

Permanent alimony

Permanent alimony is designed for amount being paid until the court gives the order of stopping the payment. If no such order is entered, then the permanent alimony will continue until any of the spouse will die or the receiving spouse remarries or enters any supporting relationships. When this type of alimony is rewarded the court will have to write the reasons why they are allowing permanent alimony and why it is fair, appropriate and reasonable in this case.

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